Fitbit Pulls Pebble From Rock, Hard Place In 2017

Fitbit on Wednesday announced an acquisition deal with smartwatch maker Pebble. The company clearly has been struggling, having laid off 25 percent of its staff earlier this year, when CEO Eric Migicovsky acknowledged that money was tight. “Fitbit is acquiring certain assets of Pebble, including key personnel and intellectual property specific to software and firmware development,” a Fitbit spokesperson said in a statement provided to TechNewsWorld by company rep Paula Conhain. “The majority of Pebble employees in the software engineering function, as well select employees in other functions, will join…

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Data Watchdog Cautions Google and UK Health Partner 2017

A British data watchdog has raised questions about whether it was aApropriate for a healthcare trust to share data on 1.6 million patients with DeepMind Health, an artificial intelligence company owned by Google. The trust shared the data in connection with the test phase of Streams, an app designed to diagnose acute kidney injuries. However, the sharing wasperformed without an appropriate legal basis, Sky News reported earlier this week, based on a letter it obtained. The National Data Guardian at the Department of Health earlier this year sent the letter…

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BlackBerry KEYone’s Success Hinges on Physical Keyboard Longing 2017

The first reviews of the new KEYone BlackBerry handset appeared this week, and the early consensus is that this device will appeal to BlackBerry fans who want its familiar physical QWERTY keyboard coupled with the functionality of Google’s Android operating system. This handset technically is not a true BlackBerry — it is the first device from TCL since it entered a licensing agreement with BlackBerry Limited, formerly Research In Motion, the maker of the original BlackBerry handsets. TCL’s license agreement covers the name and hardware patents, including the QWERTY keyboard.…

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Microsoft’s Mixer Could Shake Up the Streaming Game 2017

Microsoft on Thursday announced Mixer, a rebranded version of its game-streaming service previously known as “Beam.” In addition to the name change, the service will include a number of new features designed to attract more gamers. The added features will unlock new possibilities for social streaming, while also helping viewers find specific content across the service, according to Microsoft. New co-streaming functionality will allow four PC streamers to combine their respective broadcasts into a single split-screen stream. This feature soon will roll out to Xbox gamers as well. In addition,…

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